The long wait is over! Finally Microsoft has let us know when we will be able to get our hands on the Xbox One. The release date for the Xbox One is the 22nd of November, and at that point the console will be available in 13 countries, with release in future markets early in 2014. Those expecting Microsoft’s console to be released before Sony’s PlayStation 4 will be disappointed as the PS4 will be available in the US on the 15th of November, a full week before the Xbox. European gamers will have access to the Xbox One first however, as the Sony launch date across the rest of the world is not until the 29th of November.
It wasn’t just the release date that Xbox marketing vice-president, Yusuf Mehdi, had the pleasure of announcing however. When the Xbox One does ship in November it will come complete with a more powerful processor than previously anticipated. The CPU now boasts 1.75Ghz rather than the 1.6Ghz initially advertised; a boost in performance of around 10%. That’s something that may convince more gamers to look Microsoft’s way as initial reports suggested that the PlayStation 4 would outperform the Xbox One.
Additional Day One editions of the console have also been launched, meaning that European purchasers of the console could still get their hands on a free copy of FIFA 14. Or alternatively if you’re not into football then there’s another Day One bundle that’ll give you a copy of the stunning Forza 5 instead. This announcement is in response to the huge quantity of pre-orders already made for the next generation console, so there’s still time to get in there if you haven’t already done so.
According to Mehdi the Xbox One is now in full production, with retail models already making their way off the production line. It might be the more expensive of the two consoles, it might be out a week later than the PS4 in the US (though albeit earlier than its rival in the rest of the world), it might have had a rocky start, but there’s no denying that Microsoft has pulled out all the stops to catch up and entice buyers with offers, policy changes and specification upgrades. We’ll find out in November which console is the most popular at launch, but as the two go head to head it’s bound to be an interesting battle.
Article by - Rebecca Waterman
Insert Date: 09/05/2013